Jan
04

First Midwest Bank Makes Commitment to Egyptian Theatre

The Egyptian Theatre is excited to announce that First Midwest Bank has made a 5 year commitment of $5,000 a year to support programming.  The historic Egyptian Theatre located in Downtown DeKalb, IL recently finished their fall 2017 season that showcased multiple exciting events and saw tremendous growth.

Total attendance for the fall season was up nearly 8,000 compared to the previous fall season.  This brought the total direct economic impact from the Egyptian Theatre for just the fall season to $1,051,569; a nearly $500,000 increase over the previous fall.  Economic impact numbers calculated using the Americans for the Arts Economic Prosperity calculator.

This annual sponsorship will help fund the increased programming that the Egyptian Theatre has been featuring.  The Egyptian Theatre is owned and operated by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has the mission to share and protect the historical integrity of the theatre as a regional arts center for entertainment and community involvement.

The spring 2018 season has been announced and features a variety of programs for all ages. Some season highlights include America’s Got Talent finalist Recycled Percussion on January 27, GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio on February 10, The Second City: Look Both Ways Before Talking on February 24, Larger Than Life: The Ultimate Boy Band Tribute on March 3, Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute on March 9, Gaelic Storm on March 10, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers on March 21, comedian Brian Regan on March 23, CHEFS Sizzling Kitchen Showdown on March 24, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live on April 21, and Masters of Soul: Celebration of Motown on April 28.

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Jan
03

2018 Best Picture Film Series Announced

The Egyptian Theatre is excited to announce our 2018 Best Picture Film Series running January 9 through March 6 featuring Best Picture winning films from each decade.  Films are every  Tuesday night at 7 PM.

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Dec
13

Backstage at the Egyptian: Interview with Carl Giammarese

Interview conducted by: Jesse Moore - Egyptian Theatre Intern

The Egyptian Theatre is setting its Christmas sights high this year by welcoming The Buckinghams, Saturday December 16th at 7:30 pm. This is a family friendly show, The Joy of Christmas will brighten everyone’s holiday spirits. Tickets to The Buckinghams also make the perfect gift for loved ones if you are going out of town! We just dare you to stay in your seat when all you want to do is the Jingle Bell Rock! We recently interviewed Carl Giammarese, an original founding member of The Buckinghams, about this weekend’s big show.

(Click to listen)

Jesse: Without question, you have helped to create something special. How do you conceptualize the iconic factor attached to this project?

Carl: I think of these two things. First, I am thankful for the success of The Buckinghams. Second, this band put hits on the top of music charts like Billboard and Cashbox alongside The Beatles. The music from this time is so iconic because the world was going through a very creative period.

Jesse: What inspires you?

Carl: Over 50 years, it has yet to cease giving us great pleasure to make music and be creative. It’s like we play for free and get paid for traveling. How could you stop doing something you love doing?

(Click to hear We Wish You A Merry Christmas – The Buckinghams)

Jesse: Where did you most enjoy performing?

Carl: Chicago first because it’s home. New Orleans and New York would be touring Heaven.

Jesse: What is your favorite song to perform?

Carl: What is fun about this show is that The Buckinghams are bringing some familiar Christmas songs to the set too! Otherwise, I would have to say, “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” is my favorite because this hit has a sound that is so Chicago. “Don’t You Care” is another classic favorite of mine.

Jesse: How do you keep the show current?

Carl: We will add and subtract songs to individualize each show’s set, especially for The Joy of Christmas. We have learned that our fans really like to hear about our experiences, so we mix a little storytelling in with the songs. Since the music of The Buckinghams hasn’t changed much over the years, I love to write and record new music. My latest album is “Living In The Moment”.

(Click to hear The Buckinghams Christmas CD)

Jesse: Is there anything in particular that you like to do when your work is done for the night, after a show?

Carl: The Egyptian Theatre and Dekalb is really close to home, so we go home after. We are playing in Citrus Hill, Florida on December 14th, so we could very likely get in a round of golf before we leave for Illinois. Mostly though, we just look for food, drinks, and some live music.

Jesse: This band originated in the great City of Chicago. Therefore, there is really only one question that matters: Cubs or White Sox?

Carl: Cubs all the way! We have a couple of White Sox fans on board, but you have to forgive them for the mistake, lol. Actually, we have sung the national anthem for both the Cubs and Sox, they are both outstanding organizations. Plus, we are all Bears fans right?

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Happy holidays and best wishes to Carl, The Buckinghams, and all Egyptian Theatre patrons, donors, and staff!

Do you want to support the Egyptian Theatre? Click here to donate now!

You will not want to miss next year’s line-up of movies, musicians, comedians and much, much more! So, get out your calendars out and click here for a schedule of events!

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Dec
08

Home Free: What to know before you go!

PARKING​​​​​​​
There is a free parking lot operated by the City of DeKalb directly across the street from the theatre. There are three additional city parking lots within a one block radius of the theatre. In addition there is also parking on most streets surrounding the theatre.
All parking lots and street parking in Downtown DeKalb is FREE! Parking time restrictions will not be enforced except for limits 15 minutes and shorter.
DINING
The Egyptian Theatre is located in the heart of Downtown DeKalb and is surrounded by many great dining options within walking distance.
    In addition, many other restaurants including most national chains are located in the area and are easily accessible just a short drive away. Find a list of exciting restaurants here: http://bit.ly/2A8q4nI
SECURITY
Due to artist request, please note that all patrons will be required to submit to a bag check and wand screening. Items that are not allowed include outside food or drink and backpacks. For a full list of prohibited items please click here: http://bit.ly/2AZrpgD
BAR & CONCESSIONS
Please be aware that the bars on both the lobby and balcony level will be cash only as well as a cash only concession stand on the balcony level. We do have an ATM in the lobby.
NO OPENER
Home Free will take the stage at 8 p.m. as this tour has no opener. Please plan accordingly to ensure timely arrival.
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Dec
04

Two Hot New Shows Coming in 2018!

We’re excited to announce these two phenomenal shows are coming in 2018!

LARGER THAN LIFE
SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018 AT 7:30 PM

The Ultimate Boyband Tribute show started in New York and it is taking the country by storm.  This is the only act of it’s kind featuring an actual boyband singing, dancing, costumes, and that pop look.  Larger Than Life will take you back in time with the biggest 90s Party since the Backstreet Boys shut down Times Square.  Experience this full interactive production that is one of a kind.  Performing over 40 Boyband songs by the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees, O-Town, Boyz II Men, LFO, One Direction and many more! And for extra fun the boyz take us even way back with hits by The Jackson 5, Temptations, Four Seasons and other classic male groups truly making this The Ultimate Boyband Tribute!

CHEFS
SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018 AT 8 PM

Feast your eyes on CHEFS!  These hilarious (and delicious) hunks give you a peek behind the apron as they slice, dice, and spice things up in the kitchen through a series of escalating culinary challenges where the stakes are high: if they lose a challenge, they lose their shirt.  Literally.  CHEFS  is a fully interactive experience where you will vote for the winner and may even join the boiling hot chefs on-stage for uproarious cooking demonstrations.  Outrageously bold and hysterically funny, CHEFS  is “too hot for TV,” making it the perfect night out!  Ages 18+

Special pre-sale for Friends of the Egyptian Theatre members starts Tuesday, December 5 at 10:00 AM.

Tickets go on-sale to the general public Friday, December 8 at 10:00 AM.

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